Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mom met Jesus on Christmas Eve

Posted by PicasaMommy met Jesus tonight (Christmas Eve).  ALL so clearly orchestrated by God - as you could see from Christine's perspective HERE.  I'm the sister in Texas that Christine was coming to visit from Wisconsin.  There are sooo many more "coincidences" that I could add, but, if you have read this far in my blog - including Christine's - you don't need my perspective to see God's hand in ALL of this.

I am not usually one to spread news like this - in fact YOU are the first one I've told other than family.  But, this is a story that needs to be told - especially to those who need the reminder and/or assurance that God is sovereign and that he cares about the smallest details of our lives, and that Jesus is preparing a place for those who love him.  My prayer for you, is that you are HIS. 

Leila was with Mom when she went to meet Jesus.  Leila & her husband - just recently left their jobs, son and friends in Wichita, Kansas to be near their 1st grandchild in Michigan.  So Leila was within 3 hours of Mom, instead of 12 hours.  That is a whole nother story of how God orchestrates and guides our lives - far beyond what we understand, if we allow Him to. 

Another important note is that DAD has Alzheimer's - and has been in a nursing home for 5 years - and Mom has visited him everyday, although we sometime questioned WHY - he didn't seem to even know who she was or that she was even there.  If you knew my Mom you'd believe as we all do - that it was just her stubbornness and need to control EVERYTHING :)! 

Here are Leila's comments: 

I've modified the obit some more--Mom didn't die, she went to be with Jesus, because "whoever believes in Me will never die."

I had recited John 14 to Mom when she was on the ventilator, reminding her that Jesus must have her place prepared, because he was coming to get her. I figure she's probably giving Him advice now about Dad's place, and all of ours--to be sure they're done right. (Maybe that's what I'll share at the service.)

I tried to comment on your blog, Christine, but I don't have time to set up an account--don't really understand how, so I'm attaching my "response blog." Once I got started, I didn't know where to stop--like talking. I wanted all of you to know this about my visit with Dad, too.

Just a clarification--because that's one of my "gifts"--Mom was also with us at Thanksgiving. Another gift from God was the fact that Mom recovered on her own from "fatal V-Tach arrhythmia," as the ICU Nurse, Rachel, so aptly explained to us. The ICU Staff were all "mesmerized" by her medical process. I learned later that she had "awakened" on her own after the original episode. Our son-in-law, who is a PA in ICU states that he's never seen anyone with any brain function after that length of V-tach episodes, because during those, there is no blood flowing to the brain.

I could/should write my own blog--or at least journal for my own wellness; I have had the experience of witnessing "end-of-life" episodes with several families over the past 14 years. Never have I witnessed anyone becoming lucid and being able to communicate at the end. It was like a TV Christmas movie--very unrealistic, but ever precious. I thank God that He prepared me for this experience; placed me within reach geographically to be there with Mom, and that I could get her answer, "Yes" when I asked if she was ready to leave this life.

I went to see Dad at noon after Mom had gone to Jesus; I felt it was important that he be informed whether he understood or not. He looked at me when I sat down next to him, and then closed his eyes (I think this is his way of hiding when he doesn’t know how to deal with what’s happening around him.) I told the CNA who was getting people ready for lunch about Mom’s passing. She, of course, was shocked and expressed her condolences—then she evidently ran to pass the word to the rest of the staff. Another staff member who had been in the activity room returned and said across the room, “Rita? You said Rita died?” When Dad heard Mom’s name, his eyes popped open wide and he looked toward the lady who had said this. While he was engaged, I told him, “Mom went to be with Jesus. She won’t be able to come visit you anymore.” He didn’t show any indication of understanding what I had said, which didn’t surprise me. As we sat there, he began to hum, so I reminded him that it was Christmas Eve, and that he used to hold Christmas Eve candlelight services and we always sang Silent Night. I began to sing, as much as my tears would allow, and he hummed with me. I’ve tried singing to him before in an effort to connect, and he has never before responded. As we sat there, a radio was playing Christmas music, and “Rudolph” played. I started singing along, and Dad again engaged and nodded his head in time with the music, smiling. I helped him eat lunch, and then Mike and I took him for a walk down the hall. We “caroled” a little as we went. Dad seemed to enjoy that.

This is what one of the staff members posted for Christine in response to her blog about the whole experience:
Beautiful Blog Christine . I will miss your mother coming up to see Andy everyday . I can tell you all Andy kept saying Rita is gone . My heart ached for him. I told him she will be watching over you in heaven. He said " yes she will." He was fine with that comment. My heart goes out to you and your families. She will be missed at Rock Haven. She was a wonderful lady, she was like 2nd family to most of us at Rock Haven. She would kiss him goodnight and always say "going home see you tomorrow I love you ." Andy would always smile back at her.
Mom knows God's amazing love in a clear way now, whereas, with all the counting of blessings that we're doing, we only "see through a glass, dimly." God is good--ALL THE TIME! Praise His holy Name!

All this to just say! 

God is Good! 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Posted by PicasaWow this week has gone fast.  No scrappin' done in the asylum this week.  Although I did do some cleaning - not that you can tell by the top of my table. 

When I went in there to take the picture - I was barefoot.  I thought I had walked on to the beach.  It looked like sand all over the floor?  Then I realized it was cocoa mix - Niko had used my scrapbooking scissors to open the plastic bag on some cocoa mix.  I guess he had cut it a little deep!  I thought about taking the picture under the desk instead - but by that point I had already swept it into a pile. 

Hope to get some scrapping done over Christmas with my sister!  Will have to do some more cleaning in the asylum before that will happen!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday

Posted by PicasaHere it is again!  Still a mess - but I did actually complete some layouts this week:

Finished Let's Go to the Hop - 2 pages
Maddy @ Crowe's Nest 09
The Kids @ Crowe's Nest 08
Blow - Niko in 06
Say Cheese - Embrys at Crowe's Nest 09
Together - Maddy & Mommy & Daddy - Crowe's Nest 09

I'm now at about 20 pages from Crowe's Nest 09.  YIKES!  And of course there's Crowe's Nest 2010 pictures!

Friday, December 10, 2010

White Christmas Cartoon Song

Let's Go to the HOP

Posted by PicasaMy version of the Pagerize This #4 Challenge at Scrap Our Stash .  I really wanted to go with the whole doodling and strip journaling ideas in order to Pagerize Dawn, but instead just went with the Song Title Theme.  I also did the 3 pictures - but that's about as far as the pagerizing goes.  I also made mine a 2 page layout.  
These are pictures of the Sock Hop at Niko's school in March of 2009 - Jonathan & Madeline really got into the whole 50's theme.  More to come later.
It's not too late to get your Pagerize This Challenge entered at SOS.  See all the details in the Pagerize This #4 post at SOS (link above).  You could become our next Pagerizer!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday!

Here is what the Asylum looks like right now - It would have actually had a 2 page layout laid out - but I packed it up to take to work for scrapbooking at lunch today. Believe it or not it has been better and worse this week.
Since last Wednesday I have completed: Patch Pose, Bubble Fun and started a 2 pager of Jonathan at the Sock Hop (2 years ago).

Note my new addiction - DIET Cherry Limeade = 1 point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas!

And to think I cleaned the kitchen up today for THIS!
Our annual cookie baking! The fact that all three of the kids are a year older made quite a difference this year. They all three stayed on task until the very end! Maddie would still be rolling the play dogh - or frosting and re-frosting her cookies.  The only way we could get her to stop was for her to eat the cookies! 

Posted by PicasaIt was a lot of fun - but what a mess!  I love traditions and this time of year!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Straight No Chaser - Carol of the Bells

Just had to share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday

Posted by PicasaA quick picture of my work table - just as it is!  A fun new challenge I found HERE .  I plan to keep up with this.  It will be interesting to see if it changes from week to week.